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FEMA Supporting West Virginia Response Efforts Urges Residents in Affected Area to Listen to Local Officials

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 19:23

PHILADELPHIA – The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through its regional office in Philadelphia, Pa., continues to work in close coordination with the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to support state and local efforts to ensure public health and safety, in response to emergency conditions resulting from a chemical spill in Charleston, West Virginia on Thursday.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of West Virginia

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 08:48

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's emergency disaster declaration issued for the State of West Virginia.

Assistance for the State and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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President Obama Signs West Virginia Emergency Declaration

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 08:45

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the State of West Virginia to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from a chemical spill on January 9, 2014, and continuing.

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FEMA Help Continues After Registration Deadline

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:35

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—  FEMA says Nov. 17 tornado survivors have until Monday Jan. 27 to register for possible disaster assistance, but that doesn’t mean help is ending.

Survivors who register by Jan. 27 may continue to receive federal disaster assistance after this date. The following assistance may be available:         

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Arkansas Declaration

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 19:47

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the State of Arkansas.

Assistance for the State and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Disaster for Arkansas

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 19:44

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Arkansas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe winter storm during the period of December 5-6, 2013.

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FEMA Says Help Us Help You

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 14:45

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.  – If you’re a survivor of the Nov. 17 Illinois tornadoes, FEMA says you deserve every eligible penny in federal disaster assistance. 

Don’t leave possible FEMA grants and SBA disaster loans on the table. Take the necessary steps to help FEMA help you.

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Take Extra Precautions as Temperatures Drop Below Freezing

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 09:50

CHICAGO – Dangerously low temperatures are in the forecast and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wants individuals and families to be safe when faced with the hazards of cold temperatures. 

“Subfreezing temperatures can be dangerous and even life-threatening for people who don't take the proper precautions,” said Andrew Velasquez III, FEMA Regional Administrator. “It is important for everyone to monitor their local weather reports and take steps now to stay safe during times of extreme cold temperatures.”

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FEMA Awards Nearly $2.7 Million to Texas for University of Texas Medical Branch Mitigation Measures

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 16:55

DENTON, Texas – Nearly $2.7 million was recently awarded to the state of Texas by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the implementation of mitigation measures to several University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Hospital buildings.

The FEMA funding allows for the protection of critical facility infrastructure for John Sealy Hospital Annex Buildings #8 and #91 by elevating all mechanical, electrical and plumbing elements.

To date, FEMA has awarded nearly $3.4 million to Texas for such mitigation measures at four UTMB buildings.

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One Month Remains to Request FEMA Help

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 17:10

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Survivors of the Nov. 17 Illinois tornadoes have until Monday, Jan. 27 to request assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Federal disaster assistance may be available for the following:

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Highlands Family Is at Home for the Holidays

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 16:57

LINCROFT, N.J. – Last year was the first time that Steven and Kathryn Chaney didn’t spend Christmas with their three children.

“It was very strange,” Kathryn Chaney said. “We’ve been married 30 years and we’ve always had children around.”

After more than a year of moving from house to house and shelter to shelter, the Chaney family is reunited and spending the Christmas season together in their new home.

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New Recovery Center Hours Begin Dec. 30

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 12:32

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The State of Illinois and Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Recovery Centers helping Illinoisans affected by the Nov. 17 tornadoes will change hours beginning Monday, Dec. 30.                                                                  

The new hours at the centers in East Peoria and Brookport are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Centers are closed Sunday.

Tazewell County

Festival of Lights

2200 E. Washington St.

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Resolve to Rebuild Safer and Stronger in 2014

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 09:52

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—Take advantage of a new year to make your family safer in the face of future disasters.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency encourages Illinois residents to resolve to rebuild stronger and smarter, reducing the risk of potential devastation caused by events like the Nov. 17 tornadoes.

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